by David Cohen

With impressive powerful vocals and charismatic magnetic stage presence, TaQuita Thorns is the new ultimate Diva of Rock and Soul, coming out of the birthplace of Motown, Detroit, Michigan.

TaQuita was constantly influenced by the sounds of iconic artists like Little Richard,  Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Etta James, James Brown, Jackson 5, The Temptations and Whitney Houston. Thorns remixes pop songs with undertones of R&B, house, disco, and funk that creates a unique and inspirational beat. “I cannot define my music. I have no particular sound or style. It’s a never ending river of grooves and blues,” explains TaQuita.

At the age of 25, TaQuita is determined, focused, passionate, and ready to make a difference, but life wasn’t always this way. 

Growing up in a poor family of five, TaQuita didn’t always have it all, but she always had her music and lots of love. Her parents had always encouraged her to sing, and at the age of four TaQuita already was  performing her songs at family gatherings and events. By kindergarten, TaQuita was singing over the P.A. at school, writing her songs and pairing them with illustrations. 

She was born with a natural spark of energy. As a preteen, the bright-eyed girl kick-started a professional singing career by joining girl group Diamonds in the Rough.  A gifted young athlete, TaQuita ran cross-country and relay, joined the cheer team, as well as JROTC, (Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps) a program designed to encourage high school students to become better citizens and leaders, and she was part of the marching band, while attending Denby Tech and Preparatory High School.

But her real love to music always gave her hope, inspiration and the energy to keep on moving forward. During her teenage years, TaQuita became the lead vocalist of Denby Tech’s concert choir, and the captain of the dance company. She was picked to perform with the “All City” group, representing the best dancers from Detroit’s high schools. After graduating from Denby Tech, the shining performer attended Wayne State University where she focused on music and dance. 

During her time at Wayne State, at the age of eighteen, TaQuita auditioned for major music executive Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and was invited to move to New York, where she filmed MTV’s Making the Band (MTB) III. Industry executives immediately took note of her burning passion and natural talent. When Making the Band wrapped, MTV hired TaQuita to star in a spin-off series. “The TaQuita & Kaui Show” aired in 2007. Set in Las Vegas, Nevada, the show followed TaQuita and MTB alum Kaui Beamer as they “followed their dream” as performing artists, while sharing a cramped efficiency unit at the Happi Inn on the Strip. 

Since "The TaQuita & Kaui Show," TaQuita has been working diligently as a prolific songwriter and recording artist. TaQuita’s artistry draws from her life’s journey and brings reveals the boundless energy and positivity that drives this exceptional young talent.

Strutting fiercely to the top, the singer is currently recording the finishing tracks of her debut album, “Rough & Fancy.” “I hope my music puts people in a good mood and inspires them to get up and groove!” 

The song “Believe (Power of Love)” is her motto in life “You always have to believe in yourself,  to believe in life, and to believe in love. This is where my energy is coming from,  that’s what keeps me moving forward, LOVE NOT HATE,” said TaQuita.

Growing up with a lesbian sister, TaQuita is no stranger among gays and lesbians. As an ally of the LGBT community, TaQuita recently devoted her talent and time for good cause. She brought the house down with an electrifying performance of the 1966 Motown #1 hit “Shotgun” by Junior Walker & the All Stars at the 2012 OUTMUSIC Awards After Party in Las Vegas, NV.

With a natural sparkling gift and charisma like no others, we are witnessing the birth of the new star. A diva who is surely one of the most exciting new R&B music artists to emerge in years, and the one who is worth watching––Diva TaQuita Thorns.